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A Mother’s Nose Always Knows
I have my mother’s eyes, her keen sense of direction, and unwavering compassion for all forms of life. But above all of these wonderful traits, plus many more, I inherited her unbelievable sense of smell.
And when I say unbelievable, I mean unbelievable.
While our sharp noses haven’t always been a picnic for either one of us (especially when my brother hit puberty and had a constant musk of grease, dirt and oil about him, which was later coined as the “adolescent boy” scent), my inherited sense of smell but has also allowed me to experience some of the most incredible moments in life.
My mom is a rose. Maintaining a rose garden in every house we’ve lived in, she would plant a particular rose bush for different people in her life. I was always the Peace rose. Rose is always a note that I know my mom will enjoy in a candle or a perfume. She adores Votivo Rush of Rose—such a pure representation of what a rose really smells like. I recently had the opportunity to smell Carriére Fréres Damask Rose blend was completely captivated by the alluring, mysterious blend. I can’t wait to surprise my mom with this candle at Christmas this year—I know she will love it.
My mom is tea. When I was a child, I have many memories of my mom sitting her pitcher in the sun so she could have a large batch of fresh iced tea. I used to hate the stuff unless I added tablespoons of sugar, but I still loved the smell of her lemon tea basking in the sun. To this day, tea is still her drink of choice. Tocca Bianca has captivated her soul, and she wears the gorgeous green tea lemon-scented perfume every single day. She has also recently discovered the wonderful world of Starbucks chai tea lattes, so I’m looking forward to incorporating a beautiful chai blend candle into her life.
My mom is violet. Those decadently floral French violet candies are one of my fondest childhood memories. My mom always used to have them around and my parents would bring them home for me every time they went to Europe (the pre-Cost Plus World Market days). Violet is a common bond I share with my mom—we both can’t get enough of it. One of her favorite violet fragrances is Morning Violet by Votivo. Pure and beautiful, this candle is relaxing and nostalgic for us both.
My mom is all of these notes, blended with the rich strength of sandalwood, the sweetness of sugar, the comfort of amber, and the soothing nature of chamomile. She smells like home-cooked meals, 50 hour work weeks while keeping a perfectly clean home, and a selfless dedication to making the world a better place for the people she loves. I will always be able to honor and love the fragrance of my mom.